About

SHAWN DAVIS is the Director of Digital Forensics at Edelson PC where he leads a technical team in investigating claims involving privacy violations and tech-related abuse. His team’s investigations have included claims arising out of the fraudulent development, marketing, and sale of computer software, unlawful tracking of consumers through digital devices, unlawful collection, storage, and dissemination of consumer data, large-scale data breaches, receipt of unsolicited communications, and other deceptive marketing practices.

Shawn has experience testifying in federal court and is routinely asked to testify before legislative bodies on critical areas of cybersecurity and privacy, including those impacting the security of our country’s voting system, issues surrounding children privacy (with a special emphasis on surreptitious geotracking), and other ways data collectors and aggregators exploit and manipulate people’s private lives. Shawn has taught courses on cybersecurity and forensics at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has provided training and presentations to other technology professionals as well as members of law enforcement, including the FBI. Additionally, Shawn has briefed members of Congress as well as Attorneys General of several states regarding various security and privacy issues.

Shawn’s investigatory work has forced major companies (from national hotel chains to medical groups to magazine publishers) to fix previously unrecognized security vulnerabilities. His work has also uncovered numerous issues of companies surreptitiously tracking consumers, which has lead to groundbreaking lawsuits exposing this behavior and preventing its occurrence in the future.


Certifications and Training:

Shawn holds a wide variety of certifications including:

  • ISC2 CISSP
  • GIAC Forensic Examiner (GCFE)
  • GIAC Incident Handler (GCIH)
  • GIAC Web App Pen Tester (GWAPT)
  • GIAC Mobile Device Security Analyst (GMOB)
  • CompTIA's Security+, Network+, and A+
  • Technician class Amateur Radio license with the FCC.

Additionally, Shawn has attended the following courses:

  • SANS SEC504 Hacker Techniques, Exploits & Incident Handling - Scottsdale, AZ
  • SANS SEC542 Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking - New Orleans, LA
  • SANS SEC575 Mobile Device Security and Ethical Hacking - Orlando, FL
  • Attify Practical IoT Exploitation - Washington, DC
  • X-Ways Forensics - Naperville Police Dept., IL

Shawn is also a member of the GIAC Advisory Board.


Teaching:

Shawn is an Adjunct Industry Professor for the School of Applied Technology at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) where he has been teaching since December of 2013. Additionally, Shawn is a faculty member of the IIT Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education which is a collaborative space between business, government, academia, and security professionals. Shawn’s contributions aided in IIT’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency. At IIT, Shawn designs the curriculum and teaches the following courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels:

  • ITMO 456: Intro to Open Source Operating Systems
  • ITMS 448/548: Cyber Security Technologies
  • ITMS 583: Digital Evidence
  • ITMS 597: Special Problems in Information Technology
  • ITMS 497: Topics in Cybersecurity

Shawn’s research includes network and system security, threat detection and remediation, digital forensic imaging and analysis, and malware reverse engineering. His students have performed and presented research in areas such as mobile certificate pinning, malware analysis, phishing detection and remediation, website defacement, network indicators of compromise (IOC) detection, and registry analysis.

Shawn was the recipient of IIT’s 2017 Jeffrey Kimont Memorial Teaching Award which is in recognition of superior teaching and commitment to students.


Publications:

Contributing Reviewer for Information Privacy Engineering and Privacy by Design: Understanding Privacy Threats, Technology, and Regulations Based on Standards and Best Practices (Future Textbook Release)

Contributing Reviewer for Curriculum Guidelines for Post-Secondary Degree Programs in Cybersecurity, Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education
December 31st, 2017
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Shawn Davis, Effective Training and Policy Takes the Fear out of Social Networking (November 25th, 2010
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Miscellaneous:

Shawn graduated with high honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Masters of Information Technology Management with a specialization in Computer and Network Security. During graduate school, Shawn was inducted into Gamma Nu Eta, the National Information Technology Honor Society.

Prior to joining Edelson PC, Shawn worked for Motorola Solutions in the Security and Federal Operations Centers as an Information Protection Specialist. Shawn’s responsibilities included network and computer forensic analysis, malware analysis, threat mitigation, and incident handling for various commercial and government entities.

Before Motorola Solutions, Shawn spent several years as a consultant in the architecture of client, network, server, software, and security solutions for medium and enterprise-sized organizations.